Thursday, November 26, 2009

Show and Tell Friday ~ Shelley China

This pretty little teacup saucer was given to me from my mom. She brought it all the way home from Alaska during a visit with her brother and his family.
The pattern is called Summer Glory.
What makes this dish extra special is that it was made by a pottery company called Shelley which is my mothers married name and my maiden name. My dads roots are German, not English, but it's neat to know it is the same name and the same spelling.

Photo source The National Shelley China Club

Photo source The National Shelley China Club

The Shelley* story begins about 1860 when the Wileman family, owners of the Foley works, a large pottery between Longton and Fenton in Staffordshire, England, built a second pottery for the purpose of producing fine china. The event seemed to be enough for James B. Shelley to leave his position at the Dresden works and join Henry Wileman and his sons as a mere traveler or salesperson. In 1864, Henry Wileman died and his two sons Charles and James split the two works with James running the earthenware works and Charles the china works. In 1870, James dies and in 1872, Charles took James Shelley in partnership to run the china works.
*Info from the National Shelley China Club. Read more by clicking link.Cindy's My Romantic Home is full of interesting Show & Tell Posts ~ visit to see them all!

Thanksgiving Wishes & Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Raking, Running & Relaxin'

Spent a delightful weekend with dear little Keri
After two sweeps of the rake, Keri declared raking was "hard work" and she'd much rather make lovely bouquets of the dried Sedum I was tossing in the leaf pile.

Rolling in the huge mountain of leaves was also a fun alternative.
But the most fun of all was running up and down the sidewalk with Raider!
Raider loved every moment!
We also did a lot of...A stick-to-your-ribs breakfast for lots of energy to rake all of those leaves!

And then we enjoyed a very sweet movie...
(to view, first scroll to playlist at bottom of this page and pause)

UP: Movie Trailer - The best bloopers are here

This video trailer doesn't show the sweet, loving relationship between Mr Carl Fredrickson and his wife Ellie but it is a precious part of the movie.
Note: The Bad guy really is ruthless to the core!
My opinion: I Love this movie! (and if you're like me, you might just shed a tear or two)

My name is Doug, I just met you and I love youI am linking to Susan's Outdoor Wednesday ~ click button to visit all the other participants @A Southern Daydreamer!

Monday, November 23, 2009

All The Flavors of Thanksgiving

All-In-One Holiday Bundt Cake
Just like Dorie says in her book... all your favorite flavors of Thanksgiving all wrapped up in each delicious bite! Pumpkin, cranberry, apples, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger with a finish of maple syrup in the glaze.

All-In-One Holiday Bundt Cake
source Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves (optional)
Pinch of salt
1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoon/5 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups canned unsweetened pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 large apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1 cup fresh cranberries, halved or coarsely chopped
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
Optional: Maple syrup icing (see recipe below)

To make the cake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 9- to 10-inch (about 12-cup) Bundt pan. Do not place the pan on a baking sheet - you want the oven's heat to come up through the Bundt pan's open core.

Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves (if using) and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside dry ingredients.

Working with a stand mixer (using a paddle attachment, if you have one), beat the butter and both sugars together at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat for 1 minute after each addition; beat in the vanilla.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the pumpkin and apples - don't be concerned if the mixture looks curdled. Still on low speed, add the dry ingredients, mixing only until the flour is just barely incorporated. Working with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the cranberries and pecans.

Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top with the spatula. Slide the pan into the oven and bake 60 to 70 minutes at 350F, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before unmolding. Cool to room temperature on the rack.

Drizzle with maple syrup icing (if using) or simply dust the top lightly with confectioners' sugar.

Maple syrup icing: Sift 6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar into a bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup. Add more maple syrup little by little, until you have an icing that runs nicely off the tip of a spoon - you might need another 1/2 tablespoon to get the right consistency. Put the cooled on a sheet of parchment or waxed paper and drizzle the icing over the cake. Let the icing set for a few minutes before serving.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mosaic Monday ~ Sisters

Happy Birthday to My Dear Sister!

The birthday girl is the pretty blond
I have always looked up to and loved my big sister!
I think this will always be one of my all time favorite pictures!

There is no better friend than a sister. And there is no better sister than you.

Author Unknown

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.

Marion C. Garretty

Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply...

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814

There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me.

Mary Montagu

How do people make it through life without a sister?

Sara Corpening

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.

Author Unknown

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips.

Author Unknown

A sister is a forever friend.

Author Unknown

Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other.

Carol Saline

Sweet is the voice of a sister in the season of sorrow.

Benjamin Disraeli

To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.

Clara Ortega

An older sister is a friend and defender - a listener, conspirator, a counsellor and a sharer of delights. And sorrows too.

Pam Brown

Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.

Susan Scarf Merrell

Sisters share the scent and smells - the feel of a common childhood.

Pam Brown

A sister shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams.

Author Unknown

Sisters are blossoms in the garden of life.

Author Unknown

We may look old and wise to the outside world. But to each other,

we are still in junior school.

Charlotte Gray

You keep your past by having sisters. As you get older, they're the only ones who don't get bored if you talk about your memories.

Deborah Moggach

It's hard to be responsible, adult and sensible all the time. How good it is to have a sister whose heart is as young as your own.

Pam Brown

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